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Luxury Meets Practicality


Dear Ann, Yesterday I bound off my 19,000th Ballband Dishcloth while my DD (dear dentist) futzed around looking at x-rays or something. (I don’t actually knit while the dentist is sticking mirrors in my mouth and such. Need to dispel that notion. Although: goals.) I keep a go bag loaded up with dishcloth fixings, for those occasions when I am running out the door and don’t have a good portable project on the...

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The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

holy dishrag

Dear Ann, It has come to this. My once-glorious dishrag drawer is faded and bedraggled. I first noticed the general lowering of the tone of my dishcloths quite a while ago, but I kept pushing aside such unthinkable thoughts. The fact is, I’ve not been in the dishcloth knitting mood for a while now. Then, recently, a visitor commented on the sad state of my also-once-glorious tea towels. I had to face it: I’ve let myself go. The tea...

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Chin Up, Old Thing

Chin Up, Old Thing - 1

Dear Ann, Recently The Women’s Room had a wonderful post about why getting a bit older is not that terrible. Today I discovered something even better: Google “Helen Mirren.” Go ahead, do it. Better now? A reason to put on your mascara and get to the gym once in a while? Feel free to suggest other Google searches that will help ease the aging process. Speaking of the aging process, some of my handknit dishrags have moved...

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From Our Far-Flung Dishrag Correspondents

Dear Ann, It sure is hard to keep up with all the news in these times. For example, the Ballband Dishcloth. There is just always something happening with the Ballband Dishcloth. People love it. It is the ur-dishrag, deeply embedded in the zeitgeist (and also the weltanschauung). Ballband-reminiscent ski hats. As Craig Ferguson would say, “Take that, Billabong!” And on the gossip beat, sources inform us that a certain Ballband...

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In Your Easter Bonnet (With All the Dishrags On It)

In Your Easter Bonnet (With All the Dishrags On It) - 1

Dear Ann, Hi there! I’m still here. My knitting has taken a dishraggy turn lately. I am–believe it or not–getting to the bottom of my heretofore bottomless stash of Peaches & Creme dishcloth cotton, which means that suddenly all my choices are: pastel. I guess I just don’t like pastels that much in the Ordinary Course of Business. When my beloved Juicies and Blahs are down to sad 3-yard nubbins, I still have...

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Dishrag Detox

Dishrag Detox - 1

Dear Ann, As much as I love, love, love knitting dishrags, I think they’ve become a problem for me. A crutch. Whenever I’m feeling fidgety lately, in knitting or life, I cast on a dishrag. This keeps me busy, but it’s not like I need the dishrags. I’m well fixed in the dishrag department. I hand them out to pals like sticks of gum. “Here, have a Wint-O-Green? A piece of Trident? A countertop...

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